Littlebredy Walled Gardens
In Victorian times, the 5-acre Gardens at Littlebredy were the 'productive grounds' of Bridehead, which is the mansion at the centre of the ancient Littlebredy estate. This means that the gardens were responsible for producing much of the fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers required to supply the Estate owners and the villagers.
Today, the gardens are looked after through a not-for-profit Community Interest venture. They are located on a warm south-facing slope of the Bride Valley where the little River Bride rises and runs through the grounds.
The attractive 1-acre Walled Garden and the old greenhouses and stone buildings are being gradually restored following their falling out of use in the 20th century. The site is now open to visitors who can come and enjoy the 1,200 ft of lovely flower borders and vegetable plots, and see how the work is progressing each year.
Plants for sale. Tea and cakes are served under cover or may be taken on the lawn next to the stream.
Opening times 2019
From Easter Sunday (21st April) to mid-September
-- Wednesdays (2pm - 5pm)
-- Sundays (2pm - 5pm)
-- Bank Holiday Mondays (2pm - 5pm)
-- Other days for group visits by appointment (see below).
If it's raining the Gardens may not be open, as it's not fair on the volunteers. Please phone ahead if you are travelling any distance, we don't want to disappoint anyone.
There is a small entrance fee, which goes to help the planting and clearance work.
Reminder - the village's Lake and Waterfall permissive pleasure grounds are not part of the Littlebredy Walled Gardens and access is usually open, even in the rain.
Special NGS days
The extra charity opening days in 2018 are:
-- Tuesday 18th June (2pm - 7pm)
-- Tuesday 25th June (2pm - 7pm)
On these days the Gardens will be open to raise money for the NGS Charities, the list of which can be found in their Yellow Book or on the NGS web site.
Group Visits with refreshments
Visits from Gardening Clubs, Walkers or Cyclists who wish to meet up at the Walled Gardens car park, or Art Groups for field days are very welcomed.
Please phone or email to discuss the date and times for coffee or afternoon tea and cakes. In inclement weather Refreshments can be made available under cover. There is plenty of parking. The Gardens are on National Cycle Route 2 (Axminster to Dorchester).
How to find us
Littlebredy, Dorset is on a poorly-signposted side road half way between Dorchester and Bridport on the A35, just west of Winterbourne Abbas. Follow the signs to Littlebredy.
Alternatively, it is easily reached from the scenic Bridport to Weymouth road B3157 by turning off at Portesham, to the east of Abbotsbury. Once through Portesham village follow the main lane to just over the highest part of the hill, then turn off left at the signpost to Littlebredy.
Satnav to postcode DT2 9HL.
On normal opening days, drive or walk down the 'Private' lane adjacent to the commemorative bus shelter and follow the Walled Gardens signs to the car park and main entrance.
On special NGS Days, please park on the village green next to the bus shelter (except for Disabled access, for which drive to the car park as usual). NGS Day visitors should walk down the hill from the Green and follow the pedestrian access signs.
Safety notices: some of the paths are on slopes which can become slippery when wet. There are old glasshouses which are not open to the public and should not be entered due to the risk of falling glass. The River Bride runs through the garden and children must be kept under close supervision at all times. Dogs are welcome on leads.